I am stunned by this haunting art, by the setting, and the memories it seeks to preserve.
Street artist T-Radya creates poignant portraits of fallen Russian WWII soldiers displayed on the walls of an abandoned WWII hospital in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Method: assembling bandages on wooden boards and then setting them on fire.
This portrait literally gives me chills. Somehow it is even more haunting that this face emerged from flame.
Finding the dead, to burn them back to life.
The location of this installation is in T-Radya’s hometown.
A poignant pause before the molotov ignites the canvas.
And creates this …
And this …
And this …
I believe a true artist possesses the ability to see beyond the medium to what can be.
Wood frames, bandages, and flames manifesting in to a preservation of history by way of art.
“This war is not an ordinary war. It is the war of the entire Russian people. Not only to eliminate the danger hanging over our heads, but to aid all people groaning under the yoke of Fascism”
Josef Stalin – 22nd June 1941
* June 22, 1941 marked the beginning of Operation Barbarossa – the code name for Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union.